Former Australia all-rounder Watson passes away
Former Australian all-rounder Graeme Watson has given up after a long battle with cancer. The pace bowling all-rounder breathed his last in a hospital in Australia on Friday at the age of 75.
Born in Victoria in 1945, Graeme Watson turned 75 on March 8. However, he could not increase this number. He succumbed to cancer at the age of 75 years and 47 days.
Watson has played five Tests and two ODIs for the Australian national cricket team. He did not have much success in his international career from 1967 to 1972. He has scored 97 runs with one fifty in Tests and 11 runs in ODIs. Besides, there are 6 wickets in Tests and 2 wickets in ODIs.
However, his domestic career was quite colorful. He is the first Australian cricketer to play in Sheffield Shield for three different states. Born in Victoria, he has also played for Western Australia and New South Wales. Watson was called up to tour Rhodesia and South Africa in the 1966-67 season due to Doug Walter’s injury. Watson made his Test debut in Cape Town. Australia won this one match in the whole tour. Watson played an innings of 50 runs and was wicketless with the ball in hand.
He suffered an ankle injury in his first Test. For this, he could not play the next match of the series. He returned to the team in the fourth Test of the series in Johannesburg and took 2 wickets for 67 runs. However, he could not contribute much in bat-ball. Australia also lost that series.
Injuries had been a major obstacle for Watson throughout his career. Watson almost died of a Tony Greig illness in the 1971-72 season. His doctors then advised him to quit the game. But he returned to the field six weeks later and played the last two Tests of his career on the 1972 tour of England.
Watson has played a total of 107 matches for Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales in his first-class career. He played for Western Australia in the 1971-72, 1972-73 and 1974-75 seasons. The pace bowling all-rounder ended his career for New South Wales in 1977.